June 19, 2008

Scratchbuilding HO Scale MK-1200G (LNG) Switcher - UP1298

Actually I'm not sure if "scratchbuilding" is 100% accurate. All the black plastic parts you see in this photo are stock of modified Athearn GP-35 parts. The rest is my work.

May 16, 2008

26,400 HP - The C44-9W Fleet Project

Of course each unit is uniquely numbered but they also each have small details that make then unique to each other.

December 29, 2007

Model Railroad Module

Model Railroad Module - 6, originally uploaded by Allen Rockwell.

HO Scale module being built for photography. Modeled after an area in Cajon Pass, California.

December 28, 2007

Today's progress

I had to stop when I ran out of newspaper.

December 25, 2007

A little progress on the photo module

The piece of track and the old SD-45 were set up there just to show scale.

December 24, 2007

The N-Scale Layout Is Dead

I messed around with the N-Scale layout for a while but in the end I remembered all the reasons that I really prefer HO Scale. So I ripped it all out.

The primary reason that I went with N was that I really do not have the room to do a proper HO layout.

So... what I'm going to do for now is combine two of my passions, model making and photography and build a nice little HO module that I can use to stage photos on. Later I can make more modules and maybe link them all up someday and build a proper layout.

Here is the area of Cajon Pass that I am modeling for my first module.

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December 28, 2006


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These are the router jigs I made for cutting the sub-roadbed pieces.

Here are the sub-roadbed pieces being trimmed on the router table.

Here are a few of the larger loops being glued up at my shop. The 1/4" thick pieces are glued up in two layers for a total thickness of 1/2" and are overlapped half way in sort of the same way bricks are layed.

Here are some of the sub-raodbed pieces being installed on the benchwork.

December 27, 2006

All Benchwork Installed

All the benchwork is installed and I put up some shelfs to store crap on.

Benchwork Construction

Today I built the last of the tree benchwork pieces. Now that I'm home it's off to the workshop to do a bunch of cleaning up and reorganizing before I install the third piece of benchwork.

December 26, 2006

Benchwork Construction

Today I built two of the three main components for the benchwork. I built them at my shop and then took them home.

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Here are the parts from today installed in my workshop at home. I have a lot of cleaning up and organizing to do. I want the whole corner to be empty except for model train stuff.